INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to evaluate daily practice among a population of surgeons.
METHODS: A questionnaire was distributed to randomly selected general surgeons, gynecologists, urologists, and thoracic surgeons from the following 12 cities: Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Bursa, Diyarbakir, Erzurum, Istanbul, Izmir, Kayseri, Manisa, Mersin, and Samsun.
RESULTS: Surgeons administer deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis in 65% of their patients. Laparoscopic surgery is the most frequently performed procedure for cholelithiasis and antireflux treatment. The dominant factor in the selection of new surgical device is cost-effectiveness. There is an increasing preference for single-port laparoscopy. The impact of surgeons on purchase of new surgical device is at most 50%.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: his is the first survey performed in Turkey that evaluated preferences and practices of surgeons among a population that reflects practices countrywide.